The look of English ivy climbing up a brick wall evokes a cozy country feeling, and this plant is so easy to grow that you will have a wall covered in just a few short years. While English ivy is so prolific that it's considered almost a weed in the warmer parts of the country, southeast Michigan in zone 6 has enough of a cold winter to keep the plants from spreading uncontrollably. Plant your ivy in well drained soil and you'll have an old-time look to your home in two or three years.
Dig your English ivy plot in well-drained soil that gets at least six hours of sun a day. Ivy will grow in shadier corners, but sunnier spots help the plants grow quicker.
Dig the soil down 1 foot and remove any rocks or large roots that you find. English ivy is a perennial, so the soil must be in good shape for use year after year. Mix in a 4-inch layer of compost with the soil.
Plant your rooted ivy cuttings about 1 foot apart. Put the plants about 1 inch below the surface deeper than they were in the original pot. The stem will put out additional roots under the soil, strengthening the plant.
Water your ivy regularly, but do not allow the roots to remain soaked for any length of time.